My first day as an entrepreneur, I remember LOVING the fact that I had no dress code.
I thought, “this is the ultimate freedom!”
No more having to follow guidelines or dress a certain way my boss wanted me to.
And so I did what any person who gets to work from home does…
I worked in sweatpants.
I worked in my pajamas.
I worked in ultimate comfortable clothing (that I’d never be caught dead in outside)
But shortly after, I realized that I didn’t feel that great.
I definitely wasn’t as productive.
There was a general haze that washed over me hour by hour because of how I presented myself (to myself) each and every day.
So how did I create a work from home wardrobe that I love wearing?
1. Always remember to focus on core colors, the right fit and invest in the right pieces.
It can be tempting to go out and buy whatever is on sale to fill a void. Or to buy into the latest trend you see Brad Pitt wearing. But it’s much easier than you think to build a work from home wardrobe and that’s by focusing on 3 key areas– core colors, fit and the right pieces. (Sign up here for my complimentary guide on the 3 pieces you should have in your closet today)
2. Know that you can be stylish AND comfortable.
Many people think that if you look stylish that you have to be uncomfortable. My private clients are surprised to learn that they are actually MORE comfortable and BONUS, more stylish. There are so many great clothing options that incorporate comfortable details like stretchy fabric, elastic waistbands, drawstring and more!
3. You don’t have to get rid of everything hanging in your closet.
Most people think that if they have a new work dress code that they have to throw everything in their closet away and start fresh. NOT TRUE.
Yes, you should do a closet edit to make sure that your clothes are aligned with your new lifestyle but many of the basics (t-shirts, blazers, trousers) you can actually keep to dress them down (or up!)
Cassandra Sethi is a NYC Personal Stylist and Image Consultant. After working over 15 years in the Fashion Industry, most recently as a Senior Buyer for Equinox, she created her business, Next Level Wardrobe – a luxury personal shopping service for successful professionals. Cassandra’s been featured in Greatist, Livestrong and NY Mag.